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"EMC: Great to work for? It depends on your perspective"

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
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Current Employee - Senior Practice Consultant
Current Employee - Senior Practice Consultant
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Pros

Note: All of the information provided pertains to the Consulting organization of EMC.

If you want to work with the latest technologies and be a part of a company which is one of the biggest players in "the Cloud" today, and which is a World's Most Admired Company (according to Fortune Magazine), then EMC is the place you want to work. It is pretty awe-inspiring to be a part of the huge Cloud/Big Data/Virtualization machine. And to remain competitive, the company focuses a lot on training its employees. Requests for training are almost always approved. Pay is great, benefits are great, training is stellar. The people are also very bright and competent, so you never feel like you are carrying all the weight for your coworkers. There is a LOT of autonomy (in the Consulting organization) and therefore there is rarely any micromanagement to be seen. Lastly, having EMC on your resume will enable you to write your own ticket should you choose to leave and seek your fortune elsewhere. Indeed, there are so many Pros, that it is difficult to think of them all.

Cons

There are downsides, of course, but they can be given less importance if you choose to concentrate on the Pros and what you are gaining from the experience. So, Cons: 1) Pressure to keep up technically, unspoken competition to keep up and get the best assignments (although you can rarely influence that unless you know someone). 2) Work week is 60 + hours or more. Training is great, but finding time to take the training is tough. You have to juggle that with time at the customer - and you must always remain BILLABLE. And after your work at the customer, you have EMC work to do: emails, expenses, travel, training, etc. Basically, on a bad week, it's like having two full time jobs. But honestly, this is no different than any other Professional Services or Consulting organization. 3) In a matrix organization, the autonomy can seem a double-edged sword as you flounder about trying to find or to figure out who to go to if you ever need something. But the other 95% of the time it's what you make of it. If you need a very structured organization around you, then this is not the place for you. It can sometimes seem like you working for yourself, which is quite nice. Eventually, you get used to it and it's one of the best things about a position with the Consulting organization; 4) Skills / ability are not always matched to assignment. Frequently project assignment is based on who is available when an engagement opens. Additionally, if you are on an engagement that is going well but in which you are less than thrilled, it will be difficult to be reassigned. The customer and the contract always come first. In the end, that is the biggest Con. If you are not used to consulting for a large organization, this may be the hardest thing to take; 5) Travel & work/life balance. The travel schedule is brutal: 75-100% travel is normal. It is not the fun kind of travel unless you like tight schedules, economy class, lugging 2-3 laptops around with you and being away from your family all week every week. "Having a life" is going out with colleagues after work until you go back to your hotel. Again, this is not any different at EMC than other consulting organization, but it is definitely a Con if you let it be.

Advice to Management

I am always tempted to encourage more transparency from senior management, especially in times of change. EMC is going through lots of positive change, but it would be nice to feel more a part of it.

Other Employee Reviews for EMC

  1. "Good place to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    strong company with great potential to grow

    Cons

    typical large company with lots of rules


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Good long-term, stable place to make a career"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are great and match or beat many other competitors. The location is pretty central in Burlington so one could live as far away as Stoney Creek, Kitchener, York, or even downtown Toronto and be within reasonable driving distance.
    I cannot stress the team enough. We have a terrific team here. The dynamics are great, strong, lasting friendships and personal relationships are formed, we joke and have fun, but we get the job done and everyone shares in the sense of urgency when it is required. Many people here would be elsewhere already if not for the team and workmates that they have here.

    Cons

    EMC's salary policies are not in line with other major IT companies. This is across all of North America, not just in Canada or Ontario. EMC's salary bands target the 50th percentile of the market, and then they encourage hiring people "low" so they have "room to grow". What this means is that people are hired with a salary that is under the market average. Surely, there are people that are higher, and EMC has a strong "pay-for-performance" culture, so you have an opportunity to grow that into a respectable salary if you're a strong candidate and employee. But EMC's policies position itself to NOT be competitive with the marketplace, which is unfortunate when you're trying to attract top talent.

    Advice to Management

    Spread the love. EMC has been "breaking records" for the past few years, and even beat predictions during the global economic downturn in 2009. EMC has continuously brought in the revenue needed to sustain it and beyond. But the salary policies and annual compensation increase budgets have yet to reflect this windfall of income. EMC has become a strong IT vendor on the backs of the "little people". And yet, when Joe Tucci gets a 15% increase to his base, but the rest of us have to struggle by with barely a 2-3% increase, which doesn't even cover cost of living increases here in Ontario in recent years, it sends a very bad message to the rank and file. Send a message to your most worthy employees, the individuals who do all the work, letting them know you appreciate their efforts. Pay them commensurate to the market.

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